Bariatric Data Management
The central aim of bariatric surgery is to improve our patients’ health and quality of life through control of the problem of obesity. It is a lifetime process. The weight loss may take 1 to 3 years to achieve. The maintenance of that weight loss needs to continue permanently. There is never a point in time where we can say to our patient, “The problem is solved. You are at your correct weight and you will remain there. You do not need any further help.” We need an ongoing medical record for each patient. Much of the key data for a bariatric patient is numerical—weight, blood pressure, serum triglycerides, etc.—and can be managed with a paper file. But it can be better and more easily managed electronically. This chapter identifies the role of the electronic database in bariatric patient care, identifies the measures best handled in this manner, and looks at options available for implementing a database management system.
KeywordsBariatric Surgery Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Excess Weight Loss Bariatric Patient Main Menu
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